Business Insider has confirmed that a new model of flip camcorders from the stables of Cisco is on its way and it shall launch during the 2010 NAB show scheduled to be held between April 10th and 15th.
Details about the flip camcorder are pretty slim at the moment, but from what we are guessing, it might support 1080p. Dan Rayburn from StreamingMedia has promised to reveal more specs about the device when he is able to get hold of a device…which we assume is going to happen soon.
[via Business Insider]
Network carriers launching their own budget phone seems to be the flavor of the season. After T-Mobile launched their Pulse budget phone, it now appears that Vodafone too could be launching one of their own.
AllAboutPhones, a Dutch based website has revealed sources as telling them that the new Android 2.1 based handset will come with a resistive 2.8? QVGA screen, a 3.2 MP camera, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, 3G, GPS and an accelerometer. And the cost? €150.
We are not sure if these rumors hold water, but it could definitely turn out to be interesting. What do you say?
Google is reported to be working with Dish Networks, the second largest satellite TV provider in the US to launch a TV search service that will integrate Google search engine prowess with TV listings from Dish.
The technology is apparently being based upon Android OS and Google is expected to introduce search results from Youtube as well as monetize the service through advertisements. And the win for Dish? Who else to get a search service done from than Google itself? It is not clear if Dish stands to earn a share from ads though that appears to be a logical move.
Early last month, there were reports that Google was working on an app store a-la Apple App Store in order to cater to the business customers. We are now hearing that this App Store is up and ready to launch this week.
Sources close to Mashable have revealed that Google’s Business App Store will be focused around Google Apps and is likely to launch tomorrow (Tuesday March 9).
As we had opined last time, a business app store has terrific opportunities for developers to create true value adding applications for businesses. Also considering the margins on offer, if this takes off, it could be a major coup for the Mountain View based company. What do you think?
Imagine calling a Japanese business partner and discussing plans without either of you understanding the other person’s language! Such a real time phone conversation translation technology might in the works. Both Microsoft and Google are said to be working on such a technology for their mobile phone platforms.
This technology was recently demoed by Microsoft at the annual TechFest event though as the developers themselves claim, a perfectly usable model of this is not expected to arrive at least for a few more years. Here is a video of the technology in action
Navigation through the Google maps app on your smartphone can get even more exciting as a new patent from Mountain View reveals. In this patent application titled “Navigation In a Three Dimensional Environment Using An Orientation Of A Mobile Device“, the company illustrates a 3D navigation system that does not require touch based input and instead makes use of the device’s accelerometer input to navigate.
There are some interesting input methodologies described.
The new helicopter module on Google Maps could offer a navigation from an altitude..Tilt your smartphone in the direction you want to navigate and the helicopter module will take you through in that direction
The patent is not about accelerometer based navigation alone. Here are a few touch screen based methodologies described
“With one free hand to navigate, several user interface gestures may use two fingers. This section describes two user interface gestures using two fingers–anchored look-around and anchored helicopter. Each user interface gesture has one finger initially stationary with the other moving. The stationary finger may touch the screen before the moving finger. The initial relative position of the stationary and moving fingers may determine whether the user enters an anchored look-around navigation mode or an anchored helicopter navigation mode.“
There are a lot more navigation methodologies described which you may check out from the patent application.
CeBIT, the annual digital industry trade show is getting underway at Hannover, Germany from March 2nd. That’s tomorrow. And Nokia is expected to unveil a new C-Series of handsets during the event.
A Nokia spokesperson, wrote in the Nokia Conversations newsletter
“Of course, we don’t comment on rumours or leaks, but we are looking forward to C BIT for the next series of Nokia announcements. Right we’re off to pack our rucksacks and lederhosen, C you there.”
News about a new C series phone from Nokia have been doing the rounds for quite some time now and incidentally, Nokia’s trademark application for C6 was approved by FCC just last week. With an implicit reference to the “C” in the spokesperson’s statements, we expect Nokia to spill the beans about its new series tomorrow.
Considering the pace of development happening on the Android OS front, it is no surprise that close to 80% of Android users are on outdated versions of the platform. However, that could change by the second quarter of this year when a pan-US update to Android 2.1 could be offered.
According to sources that folks at Android and Me spoke to, every Android phone on sale in the US could receive an upgrade in a few months from now. However, there is a likelihood of phones to require a wipe when the upgrade happens. This in effect, could mean that the upgrade shall happen over a tethered PC client rather than over-the-air as the former makes it possible to backup data and restore them post-update.
[via Android and Me]
Canadian Android smartphone users have had a long wait to get access to the paid app section on the Android marketplace; nine months to be precise. Now there are indications that the standoff could soon come to an end.
The Montreal Gazette writes that an announcement regarding this shall probably be made next week. The publication quotes a Google Canada spokesperson as saying
“There are many factors that come into play to make sure the selling and purchasing processes run smoothly. It takes time to bring support to more countries, which is something we are working hard to do.”
While it is possible that the announcement is simply to elaborate on the reasons behind the inordinate delay, we hope it is going to be much more positive than that.
[via Montreal Gazette]
Nexus One, the superphone that Google unveiled earlier this year could be moving out of exclusivity with T-Mobile and launching a Verizon version of the device in March. According to reports on Neowin, the phone has already cleared the mandatory FCC inspection for use on Verizon’s network.
If the rumors are true, then it could be tough times for Google’s Android partner Motorola, whose Droid smartphone hit the Verizon shelves late last year. A better Android handset on the same network could mean there is a good chance for Droid sales to be hit.
However, Google itself has been struggling to keep its head above the water following the barrage of new HTC branded smartphones that are expected to be launched over the next few months. It appears that this cannibalization of sales among OHA partners is the only way to take on the dominance from the likes of Apple’s iPhone. What do you think?